New Delhi: In a major turn of events, the Special CBI court in Panchkula on Monday awarded life imprisonment to all the accused, including Dera Sacha Sauda’s Gurmeet Ram Rahim and four others in the Ranjit Singh murder case. A fine of Rs 31 Lakhs was also levied on Ram Rahim and Rs 50,000 on the remaining accused.Also Read - Ranjit Singh Murder Case: Gurmeet Ram Rahim's Sentencing To Be Announced On October 18
Earlier, the court had deferred the pronouncement of quantum of punishment to Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and four others in a murder case till October 18. Last week, the special court had convicted them in the murder case of a dera manager, Ranjit Singh. Also Read - Dera Sacha Sauda's Gurmeet Ram Rahim Convicted In Ranjit Singh Murder Case
The others convicted for the crime are Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, Avtar Singh and Sabdil. Also Read - HC Restrains CBI Judge From Pronouncing Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Ram Rahim Verdict
Arguments on the quantum of the sentence were completed by the CBI and a defence counsel also concluded arguments. The counsel for some convicts sought time, saying they want to go through the things put up by the prosecution side.
The dera chief, who is currently lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail since his conviction in 2017 for raping his two disciples, appeared through video-conferencing, the other four were present in the court.
One more accused in the murder case had passed away a year ago. Former dera manager Ranjit Singh, who was also a follower of the sect, was shot dead in 2002.
He was murdered for his suspected role in the circulation of an anonymous letter, which narrated how women were being sexually exploited by the dera head.
According to the CBI charge sheet, the cera chief believed that Ranjit Singh was behind the circulation of the anonymous letter and hatched a conspiracy to kill him. In 2017, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20-year imprisonment for raping his two disciples.
Over two years ago, he was also awarded life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist, Ram Chander Chhatrapati.